Final

Jaguars 10

(3-3, 1-2 away)

Ravens 17

(3-3, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 20, 2002

 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 0 7 0 310
BAL 0 7 10 017

Steady Redman, sharp defense lift Ravens

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Ray Lewis didn't make a tackle, force a fumble or have an interception. He didn't even dress for the game.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Jaguars: Are they learning that they need more targets than Jimmy Smith and Fred Taylor?
You can win in the NFL with three good offensive weapons, which the Jags have (QB Mark Brunell is the other). But you need to give those guys time to be successful. I don't believe the offensive line is doing that right now. They're talented, but they need to gel.

Question on the Ravens: Can you see them making a run for the playoffs or will their offense hurt them down the stretch?
I see them playing close to the vest on offense -- use TE Todd Heap and the running game, but mainly look to the defense to smother opponents. Whether they make the playoffs is dependent on the special teams. The Ravens had superb special-teams play in their Super Bowl run but haven't been as dominant this year. That could be the reason for an 8-8 season or the one loss that keeps them out of the playoffs.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

He was there for the Baltimore Ravens in spirit, though, and that was good enough.

With their five-time Pro Bowl linebacker cheering and coaching from the sidelines, the Ravens intercepted Mark Brunell three times and beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10 Sunday.

Chris Redman threw two touchdown passes to Todd Heap, and the defense did the rest as Baltimore (3-3) remained in first place in the AFC North.

Held out of a second straight game because of a partially separated left shoulder, Lewis was dressed from head to toe in black street clothes as he shouted encouragement and instruction from the sideline.

"It's like having another coach on the field with us. We really feed off his energy,'' Baltimore defensive tackle Kelly Gregg said.

The Ravens repeatedly frustrated Brunell, who returned from a concussion against the Tennessee Titans last week. Two of his interceptions led to Baltimore scores and the third ruined the Jaguars' bid to send the game into overtime.

"He had some limited practice time this week, but I thought he handled himself well,'' Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin said. "That's a good defensive football team over there, there's no question about that.''

Playing behind an offensive line decimated by injury, Brunell was 24-of-46 for 231 yards. Fred Taylor ran for 151 yards and caught eight passes for 46 yards, but it wasn't enough.

"Freddie can have all the yards in the world, but when you turn the ball over and you don't produce in the red zone, you're not going to win,'' Brunell said.

The Jaguars (3-3) closed to 17-10 when Hayden Epstein kicked a 22-yard field goal with 2:30 left. Jacksonville got the ball back with 2:05 remaining and moved to the Baltimore 25 before rookie Will Demps picked off Brunell's pass on the final play.

"They're better with Ray, obviously,'' Brunell said. "But they played with a lot of fire today.''

Without Lewis last week, Baltimore performed admirably in a 22-20 loss to Indianapolis. By improving upon that effort, the Ravens earned their fifth straight win over the Jaguars.

"Ray is the second defensive coordinator on the sidelines. He's out there inspiring us and getting us fired up,'' said Peter Boulware, who had eight tackles and a sack. "Ray knows everything that is going on. He's paying attention, he's reading formations and he's coaching us from the sidelines.''

Lewis' replacement at middle linebacker, Bernardo Harris, had a third-quarter interception that set up a 30-yard field goal by Matt Stover for a 10-7 lead.

The Ravens made it 17-7 late in the period when Heap caught a short pass from Redman and barreled over several Jaguars to complete the 20-yard score.

Baltimore's injury problems extended to the offense. The Ravens were without starting right offensive tackle Ethan Brooks, who did not dress because of back spasms. Baltimore also lost right guard Bennie Anderson to a knee injury in the first quarter, but he was forced to return when his replacement, Jason Thomas, left with a calf injury in the third.

Despite operating behind a makeshift line, Jamal Lewis ran for 119 yards and Redman went 14-for-28 for 152 yards and no interceptions.

"The most impressive thing about today was the way the guys were going down and having to move around, particularly on the offensive line, and they didn't blink,'' Ravens coach Brian Billick said.

Both teams converted turnovers to touchdowns in a first half that ended 7-7.

Five plays after Ravens lineman Adalius Thomas tipped Brunell's pass to himself and returned the interception 32 yards to the Jacksonville 36, Redman threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Heap.

Jacksonville then failed to convert a fourth-down play from the Baltimore 12, but T.J. Slaughter recovered a fumble by Jamal Lewis on the 25 to set up a 9-yard touchdown run by Taylor.

Game notes


Slaughter made his first start of the season after being suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. ... The Jaguars have at least one sack in 30 consecutive games. ... The Ravens unveiled a 13-foot statue of Johnny Unitas at the stadium entrance and inducted Unitas and seven other Baltimore Colts into the team's Ring of Honor. ... Jacksonville went 2-of-4 on fourth downs and is 7-for-9 this season.

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Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERJAXBAL
balFG10:02Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 3 plays, 69 yds, 0:41
710
SECOND QUARTERJAXBAL
jaxTD5:56Fred Taylor, 9 yd run
Drive info: 4 plays, 75 yds, 2:09
67
jax5:45
Drive info: 4 plays, 75 yds, 2:09
77
THIRD QUARTERJAXBAL
balTD0:50Touchdown
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:32
716
SECOND QUARTERJAXBAL
balTD13:06Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 19 yds, 10:58
06
THIRD QUARTERJAXBAL
bal0:41
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:32
717
SECOND QUARTERJAXBAL
bal13:06
Drive info: 5 plays, 19 yds, 10:58
07
FOURTH QUARTERJAXBAL
jaxFG2:33Hayden Epstein 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 17 plays, 92 yds, 3:56
1017